Hebrews 12:1-2. Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
Our Lord was a “man of sorrows and acquainted with grief” (Isa. 53.3), yet “for the joy that was set before him” he suffered all things.
From before time Jesus knew that his destiny on this earth was the cross. The journey to the cross was one of endurance, enduring unbelief, hostility, physical abuse, shame, and finally death on a cross.
Yet through it all, Jesus’ eyes were on the joy of obtaining the prize, the glory that was to come.
We are part of the joy that was set before Jesus. We are part of the Church, the Bride, that Christ died for, to restore us to a right relationship with God.
As Jesus hung on the cross God didn’t reject his Beloved Son, in whom he is well-pleased (Matthew 3:17). God turned away because Jesus became sin for us (2 Corinthians 5:21). He carried the full weight of sin that ever has been and ever would be. His death appeared to be the end, but His resurrection was victory for all.
The love of God toward us is so deep it is overwhelming. How could we not respond to such love? In the lead up to Easter may we contemplate the cross and all that Jesus accomplished for each one of us.
May we keep our focus on Jesus regardless of where we are on our journey with him.
Thank you for your love.
We ask that you would help us to run with endurance the race that is set before us. Help us to keep our eyes on Jesus who has already won the victory.
In Jesus’ name. Amen
SUGGESTED FAST: TELEVISION AND MOVIES
This week, think about unplugging your televisions or devices and spending that time soaking in the Lord’s presence. If your family typically watches a show or movie together, consider exchanging that hour or two each day to open God’s Word, pray and discuss the reality of sin in our hearts and in our world.